Thursday, June 12

Our Costa Rica Getaway Pt. 1

I'm finally ready to share some of our photos from Costa Rica!  I didn't think I had taken very many photos on our vacation, but once I got home and started sorting through, I realized I was wrong!  I'm glad because these photos will be treasures one day.

We had so much great food while on vacation.  I don't know about you, but one of our very favorite things about traveling is all the delicious food you get to try.  There were so many good (and diverse) restaurants.  I basically ate fresh fish and guacamole for every meal (except for the 2 sushi nights-- I had ramen!) and it was heavenly.  You don't find much fresh fish here in the Midwest... it's too risky for me to even try.  Oh, and I finally came to terms with the fact that I just don't love sangria.  No matter how many times I order a sangria, I just never really enjoy it.  They are so pretty, though!  ;)

This photo (and the one above) is so telling of how hard Johnny plays.  He isn't a super expressive dude- when he gets a gift he rarely jumps around or squeals.  He's always appreciative, of course, just not outwardly excitable.  It's not his personality.  Put this kid in the ocean and he turns into a child.  Like, loud belly laughs, rolling around in the sand, having the time of his life kind of stuff.  It's really cute.  He's kinda like that with wiffle ball, too.  Just a kid at heart.

One day while Johnny and I were grabbing a bite with Jeremy and Elsie, this large white rabbit appeared out of nowhere!  It was beautiful and so pristinely white, even while hopping through the mucky mud.  It was in someone's yard, but after hearing me freak out about the bunny, a man invited me over to get closer and snap a picture.  As I was creeping up on the bunny, it just hopped right over to me!  I could've reached down and touched it!  It was special.  I probably sound crazy right now, but it really was.

We had a couple of excursions while in Costa Rica, but my main goal was relaxing.  I didn't want a rigid schedule of activities, just a laid back "what do you want to do today" type vacation.  I had to snicker a little while we were there-- so many people on IG saying how we were "doing vacation wrong" and things like that.  So silly.  I don't see anything wrong with hanging out on the beach and being mellow.  Vacation is a different thing for everyone and our vacation was just my pace.  I loved it.

You can read more about our rental house and see more snaps from the vacation on A Beautiful Mess!  I'll be back with a part 2, in case you want to see more!  xo.


My pink swim top is from ASOS, my blue bandeau top and navy ruched bottoms are from Urban Outfitters, my denim swim bottoms are from ModCloth, and my gingham suit is from Anthropologie.

54 comments:

  1. seeing goregous photos like these appear on an IG feed apparently is enough to rouse the haters. glad you did your thang and enjoyed the excellent r&r. ;)

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  2. Ahhh, a relaxing vacation is just my speed! I could spend a week on the beach no problem. ;)

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  3. Beautiful pictures!!! I really really want to go to Costa Rica some day!!! These photos totally want me to go even more!!!

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  4. GIVE ME ALL THAT FOOD! Where in Costa Rica were you?! My fiance and I are going for our honeymoon in August!

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  5. a relaxing vacation is always the best kind! good for you guys!!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreamineon.blogspot.com

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  6. That is how we do vacation as well. We like taking it slow and lazy. I'm not a huge fan of sangria but I love this version http://www.food.com/recipe/copycat-applebees-peach-sangria-270393. You might like it if you like peaches.

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  7. Um, those people are probably just jealous! Your vacay sounds perfect to me, and I'm loving all the photos you gals are sharing with us! :)

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  8. Oh my, I loved all these photos! I'd love to go to Costa Rica and visit the sloth sanctuary^^ I am smitten with the swimwear and the delicious looking food... *envy* xx

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  9. oh my gosh what an amazing trip!!!! I know I would have no problem just hanging out and destressing!!! great photos!!!!

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  10. What a gorgeous place! You and Johnny are just the cutest. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. It both sounds and looks like you all had the most wonderful time. Costa Rica looks like such a beautiful place x

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  12. Hahaha, doing vacation "wrong" - there is NO way to do vacation wrong! I would have done exactly what you guys did. Stunning photos! I love the one where he is diving and his hands are barely in the water... beautiful.

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  13. I just love looking at your photos and reading your blog posts. Congratulations on NOT doing Vacation wrong!
    Kate x

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  14. Your photos are beautiful! They only make me want to live there even more :)

    I totally get the rabbit- I saw an owl on my way to my apartment one night. Just sitting on the ground in the middle of the courtyard. I swear it was a sign, but I dont know what kind!

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  15. That sounds like the perfect kind of vacation to me! :) looks like fun and the house is gorgeous!

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  16. WHAT?! Doing vacation wrong?? No way, that's the whole point of vacation!

    Your photos are so good! I love seeing all the snapshots you guys took. That white dress on you is so gorgeous! When I was in Ireland, I for some reason was so amused by this cow mooing that I made a video and the whole background noise is me cracking up - so I totally get your obsession with the bunny :)

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  17. Personally, I am also more the 'travel around' kind of person, who cannot just sit on a beach, but has to see every little thing... however, I won't judge anybody who is more into a relaxing vacation. To each their own, right?

    That being said: STOP with those magical 'horse in the water' pictures already. Did you go to Costa Rica or Wonderland? (obvioulsy, that was a joke. Never stop. Show me all those magical horse photos!)

    <3 Lisa
    The Appleberry

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  18. How is relaxing on vacation "doing it wrong?" I don't ever want to go on vacation with whoever said that...sounds stressful! Loved seeing all of your photos from the trip, it looks like it was a magical time!

    -Amber

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  19. Your blue checkered dress, the white flowy dress and your swimmers - all amazing - You are JUST THE CUTEST! This looks like fun and its exactly how I woul dlove my summer vacation to play out :)
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  20. such fun photos! the photo of you in the white dress is so gorgeous, you babe!

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  21. i know emma and elsie wont acknowledge all the dumb comments about how your trip was "wrong" because they are above that but i LOVE that you did.

    what does it matter to them what you do with the vacation that YOU paid for!
    i love it!
    let them talk their smack! theyre the ones wasting their time obviously!

    im glad you guys all had fun! looks like it was a blast!!!
    cant wait for post #2!

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  22. Where is the beautiful white maxi from?

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  23. These photos are amazing and it looks like you had an amazing time, making me want to go to Costa Rica now!

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    xx

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  24. Can I just say, I LOVE everything you're wearing on this pics!
    Also, the photo of the horse is amazing. Looks like you had a great and relaxing time, and that's what holidays are about, right ?

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  25. What stunning photos!!! and how CUTE are you??? Sooo cute. Costa Rica is now on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to see part 2.

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  26. and whats this bologna about doing vacation wrong?? garbage. haters will hate... keep on rocking. you guys earned every bit of this trip.

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  27. Definitely want to see more!! What a gorgeous vacation! Summer time is the best time :)

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  28. Oh my goodness, your photos are stunning! You're also just so, so beautiful. Your outfits are just too cute, as well. Makes me want to go to Costa Rica pronto! :)

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  29. The water looks like heaven. Seems as though you & the crew had a fun trip. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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  30. You look so pretty Katie! I love the picture of you in the white dress :) the bunny is just too precious! All the pictures look amazing and yes vacation to me is all about relaxing as well :)

    floralconstellation.com

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  31. I am in love with that horse wading in the water!!

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  32. Looks like a phenomenal time!

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  33. Looks like such a good time! I love the pool! Everybody needs a break now and then.

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  34. OMG! This looks like a dream! It make me wanna pack my bags and go there right now!

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  35. beautiful photos!!
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  36. Love all of the photos!! I could look at other peoples vaca photos all day. So fun!

    PS. I wasn't aware that you COULD do vacation wrong? How strange.

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  37. Beautiful pictures! You and your husband are adorable together. You can tell how much love you have for one another and your children^_^

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  38. So gorgeous!! I love the rental house, it's stunning

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  39. So gorgeous!! I love the rental house, it's stunning

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  40. How can you vacation "wrong"?! Looks like it was an awesome trip!

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  41. I love these photos http://stefy81fashion.blogspot.it/?m=0

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  42. Love the underwater shots especially!And holy guacamole, jumping from the balcony into a pool?! Ahhh it looks like you all had a blast! :)

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  43. Yes, it's silly that anyone else judged your vacation. I am very much a "no plans" traveler, especially in a place like Costa Rica. Life is so busy and consuming, that sometimes you just need some good food, good friends and the sound of the ocean.
    xx Abby a geek tragedy

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  44. Judgement only comes from jealousy. Sorry. Looked like a fabulous trip to me! Yay for white bunnies hopping over your toes and a beautiful horse in the water!! Sign me up!

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  45. Love these pictures! I can't believe people told you that you were doing vacation wrong. Is that even possible!? It looks like a wonderfully relaxing vacation! I love vacations that are like that and I equally love vacations that are an entire trip dedicated to visiting museums and seeing monuments. You can't go wrong on vacation!

    xoxo
    Taylor

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  46. Um, if that's doing vacation wrong, then I wouldn't wanna be right!!! :)

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  47. Kathy, you look very happy and beautiful. This is my kind of vacations, and oh Lord I´m form Costa Rica!!! sadly for many of us, this paradise have some bad kind of "fama" for party hard and we're not like this, by living here my whole life there is a few places like Jaco Beach or Dominical, where I can't feel comfortable, became dangerous, too bad, but Malpais and Santa Teresa are full of perfect and calmy places, delicious food. For you next visit my recommendation for your family, it's visit more places, the country it's so tinny and it's not dangerous (the most of the places), there's only have a good advice where to visit. Near to Guanacaste are 2 volcanoes, and with almost 2 weeks and a rental car you can visit a bunch of dream places, I promise you :), oh don´t forget the South Pacific, my favorite place in the whole world. I have seen whales, dolphins and islands like mountains, pura vida Kathy, thanks for all the kind words about my little country.

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  48. Oh man. I am so in love with your style.

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